This morning, many of my closest friends are gathered in Atlanta for the Annual Meeting of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. I’m receiving text messages and pictures and, to be honest, it is not easy to be stuck in St. Louis rehabbing after an auto accident. While I’m going to Physical Therapy they are having fun and sharing stories about how best to assist those in need following a disaster. I was really looking forward to celebrating the launch of a book I co-authored, Recovering from Un-natural Disasters, at this year’s meeting. I was looking forward to sharing a glass of wine and a good meal with people who understand what its like to ‘walk through the valley of the shadow of death’. Its not easy being away from my friends––I miss them!